Kiplinger's magazine cover (Feb. 2010)
|Editor Emeritus||Knight Kiplinger|
|Based in||Washington, D.C.|
Kiplinger's Personal Finance ( KIP-ling-ers) is an American personal finance magazine published by Kiplinger since 1947. It claims to be the first American personal finance magazine and to deliver "sound, unbiased advice in clear, concise language". It offers advice on managing money and achieving financial security, saving, investing, planning for retirement, paying for college, and major purchases like automobiles and homes.
W.M. Kiplinger, founder of the Kiplinger family of publications, said he founded the magazine because "The times will always be changing. Much of life and work consists of looking for the changes in advance and figuring out what to do about them." Upon initial production, the magazine was known simply as Kiplinger Magazine, changing its name to Changing Times in 1949 and acquiring its present name in 1991.
Much like Forbes magazine, ownership of the Kiplinger's franchise was kept in the family until the sale of Kiplinger to Dennis Publishing in February 2019. Knight Kiplinger had succeeded his father, Austin H. Kiplinger, as the magazine's editor-in-chief until the 2019 sale to Dennis, and he currently serves as editor emeritus for Kiplinger publications.
In 2001 Kiplinger's Personal Finance announced it would acquire Individual Investor magazine.
When competitor Money Magazine ceased print-publication in 2019, Kiplinger's acquired roughly 400,000 of its monthly subscribers.
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